February 9 2010

Stationary vs. Stationery

by Barbie in Grammar

One of our ongoing projects at Carpenter Doc is editing online “How To” articles for a number of sites. Many of these instructional articles have a craft theme, meaning we come across the misused word “stationary” almost daily. Since writers seem to struggle with this term, we thought we’d walk our readers through this confusing homophone.

Stationary

Stationary means immobile or unchanging in condition.

Stationery

Stationery means materials for writing or typing.

So, you ride a stationary bike at the gym, but you write thank-you notes on stationery.